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Illusion and simulacra: Following an imaginary conversation between Ecclesiastes, Jean Baudrillard and the The Berkeley Anarchist Study Group

THE PRECESSION OF SIMULACRA "The simulacrum is never what hides the truth - it is truth that hides the fact that there is none. The simulacrum is true." – Ecclesiastes


I am amused by all forms of disappearance, especially that of meaning.
What is before you is a set of cultural codes where your sense of identity, experiences, ideas, events and memories are replicated and then sold back as a product.
In the current political-economic system. The corporate economy rules supreme, and the political system now exists to promote corporate interests. Nothing has value unless it has profit value. People are now even less than “consumers” - in the past, corporations had some respect for “consumers”, who were, after all, their customers and the people who bought their products. Now, corporations just see suckers fit only to be milked for every cent. Identity is undoubtedly a product.

Today’s culture is a mass hallucination.


The world I reflect is the world of the commodity...a social relationship between people that is mediated by fragmented images to compensate for the disappearance of the directly experienced...


There is nothing profound under the simulacra and the hyperreal..... Visible only as the transformation of the symbolic into the semiotic, the simulacrum renders all judgements of value as merely taste.
Even expert/specialist judgement has been relegated to mere taste not any more worthy of notice than the opinion of Joe Blogs next door
There are no truths to be told anymore... Only vacuous interpretations...


I see only multiple meaningless surfaces with intertextual connections that enable and affect the willing substitution of meaning.
If any meaning is to be had, you will have to find the meaning by searching yourself; it is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you.


Nothing has the ability to “stand for something else” without manifesting as hierarchy.


Thcat is a narcissist. We are all narcissists. Being more of a narcissist than most, Thecat has come full circle and realises the futility of narcissism.
Thcat sees through our technology-mediated self-preoccupation and peels away the thin veneer of what has become our cultural substance. Beneath our slogans and our superficial, mass-produced consumer products, among which we must count our own identity, there is very little. Or there is nothing.

Thecat practices the aesthetics of nihilism.

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